Improvised Australian street sign, 'WOMBAT RD' : Peronne, France
|Title||Improvised Australian street sign, 'WOMBAT RD' : Peronne, France|
|Place made||Western Front|
|Date made||September 1918|
|On display||Main building: First World War Gallery: Entry Corridor|
Sign constructed of single plank of wood painted black with bevelled edges. 'WOMBAT RD' is hand painted in white letters. The white paint is considerably faded. There is a nail in each of the top corners.
Peronne was the objective of an intensive series of operations mounted by the Australian Corps between 29 August and 2 September 1918. Surrounded by sturdy 17th century ramparts, the town was the centrepiece of a heavily defended area that dominated the crossing points over the Somme, which turned south at Peronne, and thereby blocked an advance on the Hindenburg Line.